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PhD / MPhil supervisors

Kate Baxter

Social life in later care, self-funders, decision-making around finding and funding social care.

Bryony Beresford

Children, young people and young adults with disabilities (including autistic spectrum conditions and learning disabilities), long-term and/or life-limiting conditions. Applied research on service/organisational, practice or policy issues related to the health and social care of these groups and their families. In addition, interest in health and social care workforce and issues of stress, burnout and well-being. Mixed methods expertise including quantitative evaluations of interventions and service models; measurement and scale development; qualitative research (including facilitating participation of 'hard to reach'/disabled children in research, researching sensitive topics); and systematic reviews.

Yvonne Birks

Social care applied to aging populations, self-funding, decision-making in relation to fishing and funding social care, dementia.

Joanne Bretherton

Homelessness; women's homelessness; housing inequality, poverty and precarity; housing and domestic abuse; European and Asia Pacific comparative research, with particular interests in Japan.

Kate Brown Vulnerable and ‘troublesome’ young people; social control and regulatory welfare; the concept of vulnerability; child sexual exploitation; the sex industry; qualitative research methods with ‘hard to reach’ groups
Kevin Caraher

Precarity, vulnerability and labour market policy; historical institutionalism; comparative social policy; pensions policy in East and Southeast Asia.

Sabrina Chai Political economy of welfare; Organisation, management and delivery of housing and elderly care; Public management reform; Interests in comparative and international social policy in China and East Asia.
Kevin Farnsworth

Global, international and comparative social policy; corporate power and influence on social policy; political economy of welfare states; corporate welfare; corporate involvement in social policy; privatization and outsourcing; social policy, competitiveness and economic growth; The economics of social policy; corporate social responsibility; economic crisis and welfare states

Naomi Finch

Comparative social policy; quantitative methodology; family policy; social security; work/family life balance; the gender division of labour; time use; employment over the life course; pensioner poverty; child and female poverty; family change and fertility.

Sharon Grace

Criminal justice policy and practice; Drug policy and practice; Women drug users; Women offenders with complex needs/vulnerabilities (including drug use); victimisation, victim policy and practice; qualitative (sensitive) interviewing, particularly with vulnerable groups; evaluations.

Mark Hardy

Mental health, work with offenders, judgements and decision making in practice, risk, social theory and social work,approaches to developing the knowledge base for practice.

Chris Holden

Globalisation and social policy, corporate influence on policy, political economy of welfare, welfare impacts of the global financial crisis.

Daniel Horsfall

The shift from welfare states to competition states; the use of qualitative, quantitative, and fuzzy-set methods for use in comparative analysis; comparative and international social policy; global health
patient mobility; the role of housing markets in entrenching the competition state.

John Hudson

The social (policy) implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs); the (social) policy making process; and comparative social policy/the comparative political economy of welfare.

Zoe Irving
Global, international and comparative political economy of welfare states; social policy in small states and small island states; economic crisis, austerity and its impact on welfare states and social policy; social policy implications of changes in work and employment; gender and employment.
Hannah Jobling
Mental health law, policy and practice; social work with young people; the policy-practice relationship. 
Neil Lunt Organisation, management and delivery of health and social care; medical travel; welfare policy; migration, transnationalism and social policy; public management reform; practitioner research. Interests in comparative research including Korea and East Asia.
Charlie Lloyd Illicit drugs and criminal justice research including: Prison, probation and police responses to drug use and drug users; Stigmatisation of people who use drugs; Recovery from dependent drug use; Drug consumption rooms.
Lisa O'Malley

Criminal justice issues including youth justice and policing; mixed economy of welfare and especially the role of the voluntary sector and NGOs; systematic review methods and scoping studies; general qualitative methods and the use of case studies.

Nicholas Pleace

Surveillance and taxonomy in social policy, homelessness, socioeconomic exclusion and worklessness, housing and care, supporting people and low intensity support, social policy and e-government and social housing management.

Enrico Reuter

Work and employment; labour market policies; comparative welfare states and political economy of welfare; pension policy analysis; labour mobility and rights; Especially welcome interests in: comparative historical (& institutionalism) analysis; governance of pension funds; power approaches to welfare; familistic welfare regimes and household debt in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Deborah Quilgars

Homelessness (particularly amongst young people); housing, support and care issues; home ownership, risk and safety nets.

Antonios Roumpakis

Comparative welfare states and political economy of welfare; Pension policy analysis; Labour mobility and rights; Especially welcome interests in: comparative historical (& institutionalism) analysis; governance of pension funds; power approaches to welfare; familistic welfare regimes and household debt in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Julie Rugg

Private rented sector; housing benefit; young people and housing pathways; cemetery history, cemetery policy and policy relating to funerals and welfare.

Carolyn Snell

Environmental justice, harm and policy; the just transition to a low-carbon economy; fuel and energy poverty; food poverty/security; disability; public participation; qualitative and mixed methods.

Jenny Threlfall

Parenting; academic achievement; racial and economic inequality. 

Slobodan Tomic

Public policy, public management, public service delivery, institutionalism, reputational theory, regulation, integrity policies, bureaucratic accountability, anticorruption bodies.

Rachel Vipond

Youth justice; risk and professional decision-making; probation and youth offending team practices; gender and crime (specifically girls and crime). 

Alison Wallace

Low cost homeownership; sustainable homeownership; self-build housing; housing markets; cultural-economy; shared ownership housing; private landlords; housing inequalities; social housing.

Martin Webber

Social intervention development and evaluation; mental health social work; mental health services; evaluation methodologies comprising either qualitative or quantitative methods or both.

Aniela Wenham

Qualitative Longitudinal Methods; Children and Youth Policy; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Youth Transitions; Vulnerable Groups of Young People; Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood; Gender and Sexuality.

Mark Wilberforce

Social care in later life; social work with mental health; measurement and psychometrics.


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